Analiese’s Reading 5/7

Lend me your ear! Astrologers are on top of the Coleman-Franken recount story…Fox threatens to shoot President, Reverend Jackson–symbolically, at least…protesting for better health care…no prosecution for torture memo authors?

Art historians claim Van Gogh’s ear ‘cut off by Gauguin’

Vincent van Gogh’s fame may owe as much to a legendary act of self-harm, as it does to his self-portraits. But, 119 years after his death, the tortured post-Impressionist’s bloody ear is at the centre of a new controversy, after two historians suggested that the painter did not hack off his own lobe but was attacked by his friend, the French artist Paul Gauguin.

According to official versions, the disturbed Dutch painter cut off his ear with a razor after a row with Gauguin in 1888. Bleeding heavily, Van Gogh then walked to a brothel and presented the severed ear to an astonished prostitute called Rachel before going home to sleep in a blood-drenched bed.

The Guardian

Astrologer: Stars say Franken will win June 14

The stars indicate that on or about June 14, a decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court will make Al Franken a U.S. Senator. That’s the view of astrology blogger Terry Lamb, who cautions that “[i]f the senate seat remains in limbo past this time, the eclipses will come into play.”

Minnesota Independent

Buy one, get two free at Fox Nation

This was screencapped today from Fox Nation, Fox News’ month old conservative opinion site, which is already being pegged for something racial today. Notice anything?

The Raw Story

Protesters Disrupt Health Care Hearing

A series of protesters demanding single-payer health care coverage disrupted a Senate Finance Committee roundtable on health care reform Tuesday. At the beginning of the hearing Tuesday morning, a man stood and yelled, “So let me get this straight — you have 15 seats at the table and not one for single payer? Why is that?”

Huffington Post

Torture memo authors unlikely to be prosecuted

Bush administration attorneys who wrote memos authorizing torture should not be prosecuted, a Justice Department report will recommend according to sources close to an investigation.

“The report by the Office of Professional Responsibility, an internal ethics unit within the Justice Department, is also likely to ask that state bar associations consider possible disciplinary action, including reprimands or even disbarment, for some of the lawyers involved in writing the legal opinions, the officials said,” reported the New York Times.

The Raw Story

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